Monday, April 4, 2011

Day 7: all good things must come to an end.

We had the most fabulous week at Give Kids The World, but as they say, all good things must come to an end.  Cami's wish was officially over on day 7 and so was our stay at the amazing Village.  I cannot say thank you enough to the volunteers, staff, the amazing man who created this place and to those who donate to this fairytale village that made Cami's, as well as many other kids dreams come true.  

I KNOW without a shadow of a doubt that Give Kids The World healed a part of Cami that no drug or Doctor ever could.  This place and the people involved in it gave Cami back a piece of her childhood that has been stolen by cancer.  Give Kids The World Village boosted our families strength, courage and hope so that we can continue fighting this ongoing battle.  I know I go on and on about it, but I honestly can't say enough how close it is to our hearts.

Before we left, Cami just HAD to ride Flower-Power one last time.

One last scoop of ice cream.

The boys were both a little grumpy about leaving.

OK, we were all sad that we had to go.

We had a few fellow cancer families (who had already been on their wish trips to Florida) suggest that we extend our trip if at all possible so Cami wouldn't get so exhausted.  We would have been EXTRA depressed to be leaving Give Kids The World if we hadn't taken this awesome advice.  We were lucky enough to have Grandma Di-Di (the travel agent) with us.  She gets special perks and was able to get us an amazing villa in a beautiful resort.  The kids had their own room and bathroom and it came equipped with a little kitchen so that was SUPER nice!  After checking out at Give Kids The World, Pat dropped us off at our new hotel so we could swim.  He headed back to the airport, where he had to return our wish rental and pick up our new car.  We had a fun time swimming, but we all needed a break and we wanted to rest up for our last few days of amusement parks.

We were so lucky to walk into this amazing villa-

Cami's little face broke out in a pretty bad rash after swimming.  Her skin is VERY sensitive while on chemo.  We have to be very careful because she can get serious sunburns.  We aren't sure if it was the sun, chlorine, sunblock or a combination of the three, but the intense rash scared us.  We were assured it is normal and not to worry so wile we were resting we loaded Cami's face with a thick layer of calming creme.  She want very happy about it.

Caden loves his Grandma.

See that rash on her cheeks?  Poor thing! 

After we woke up, Grandma Di-Di took the kids so Pat and I could sneak off on a date to our favorite out of state restaurant... ROYS!  Pat took me on a date there while we were dating and we have been to 7 different locations since.  Its kind of a tradition to go whenever we are near one.
Thanks for watching the kids mom!

 Day 7 was kind of a transition day and it was a little depressing for all of us to leave the amazing Give Kids The World Village, but we still had 3 great days to look forward to.

Stay tuned for day 8...Sea World!


  1. This whole experience is simply astounding! Wish I could have known all this when a I did a radio show with the woman who created the Make a Wish Foundation before all this happened. What a grand idea!

    We're in England sending our love and hugs!

  2. haven't had alot of time to look at this blog for a while...oh my gosh chel! What an amazing experience for ALL of you! I am so so so happy for all of you that you got to go on such a fun trip together! what great pictures you got and what great memories you will ALWAYS HAVE! Loved reading and looking at all of pictures! LOVE YOU GUYS!

  3. oh, i totally get that depressing feeling! it's so sad when you have to leave! but how neat that you guys got to extend your trip a bit - that is a nice "let-down" :) from the magic of GKTW, etc. can't wait to hear more!

  4. I don't know you guys... I'm from Bountiful, and Pat is a few years older than me and I knew of him, but that's about it. :) So I guess that makes me a blog stalker ;) but I heard about your blog from some mutual friends awhile back. I have been coming back to it regularly ever since. Every time I read it, I get so emotional. I am also a mother of two with a girl and a boy like you, and my heart breaks every time I read about this incredibly difficult thing that your sweet daughter and your family are going through. I have kept your little Cami in my prayers; she has been an inspiration to me in my own trials. After reading about your trip, I sat here crying for awhile. my husband is worried about me! :) I have faith that everything will work out for you guys. We'll continue to check up and keep your family in our prayers. Best wishes from the Nelson family


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